Jim McCann has been in fine form in the opening weeks of the Elliott Carpet Billiards League, notching superb breaks of 109 and 97 amongst a string of others as Whitworth Institute moved to within a point of the leaders.
Belper Strutt No 1 and Hartington RBL remain locked together at the top after fighting out an 11-11 draw in the latest round of games.
Elsewhere, Edgefold No 1 have soon blown away the cobwebs with a decisive opening win in the newly-sponsored J K Interiors and Joinery Services Snooker League.
Last season’s runners up were playing host to Matlock Club and Richard Ferguson, courtesy of a decisive 22 break, defeated Paul Holmes 71-55 to get the show on the road.
Duncan Harwood (23 break) made it 2-0 with a 73-36 win over Graeme Wood before impressive new talent Andy Russell secured the success in defeating Keith Manlove 66-31.
And there was to be no let-up as Rob Muxlow and finally Neil Parkinson and Russell again, in the concluding doubles, ensured a maximum points haul.
Reigning league champions Bolehill Institute No 1 fell to the club’s No 2 team for the second week running, this time edged out 3-2 in the deciding doubles frame.
Mick Bunting and Keith Robertson (24 break) were impressive performers for the victors while Andrew Brough put up a barnstorming display for the vanquished.
Alfreton Palmer Morewood defeated Belper Strutt No 2 by the odd frame in five in the other contest.